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DOI: 10.23937/2469-5726/1510049

Rheumatic Disease Frequency in Hospitilized Acute Stroke Patients

Nihal Ozaras1*, M Serdar Sag2, M Akif Sarıyıldız3 and Şule Deveci4

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bezmialem Vakif University, Turkey
2Division of Rheumatology, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sakarya University, Turkey
3Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dicle University, Turkey
4Department of Neurology, Nisa Hospital, Turkey

*Corresponding author: Nihal Ozaras, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bezmialem Vakif University of Istanbul, Turkey, E-mail:
J Rheum Dis Treat, JRDT-3-049, (Volume 3, Issue 1), Letter to the Editor; ISSN: 2469-5726
Received: October 28, 2016 | Accepted: February 18, 2017 | Published: February 21, 2017
Citation: Ozaras N, Sag MS, Sariyildiz MA, Deveci Ş (2017) Rheumatic Disease Frequency in Hospitilized Acute Stroke Patients. J Rheum Dis Treat 3:049. 10.23937/2469-5726/1510049
Copyright: © 2017 Ozaras N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Rheumatic diseases (RD) have increased risk for stroke. We examined the records of acute stroke patients for concomitant diseases. Two of 178 patients had gout, no other RD was detected. Considering the result of our study and current evidence in the literature, we suggest that patients with gout should be monitored closely for the risk of stroke and the clinician should be aware of higher risk of stroke in these patients.


Rheumatic disease, Stroke, Gout, Inflammation


Patients with rheumatic diseases (RD) have increased risk for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases when compared with the general population [1,2]. The possible explanation of this increased risk is the high level of inflammation in RD which plays a major role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis [3].

We searched the incidence of RD in acute stroke patients and we had investigated retrospectively the records of the acute stroke patients hospitalized in Neurology Department for one-year duration, between January and December. We documented the demographic data, types of stroke as ischemic or hemorrhagic and the accompanying diseases. Statistical analyses (descriptive and frequency analyses) were done by SPSS 10.0.

A total of 178 patients were hospitalized during the period. The mean age was 67 ± 12 years (range 35-98 years). The female/ male ratio was 1/1 and 77.5% of the cases had ischemic type of stroke. Hypertension, ischemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, atrial fibrillation, dyslipidemia, and asthma were the common concomitant diseases. Two patients had preexistent diagnosis of gout. One of them was an 80-year-old male with hypertension and asthma, and had ischemic stroke. The other patient was a 57-year-old female who experienced hemorrhagic stroke and had hypertension as accompanying disease. No other inflammatory rheumatic disease was detected in patients' records.

Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and gout were determined as carrying high risk of stroke in a recent meta-analysis [3]. Unlike other mentioned rheumatic diseases with increased tendency to atherosclerosis, gout has been suggested to have a different mechanism for possessing increased stroke risk and it is related to metabolic syndrome and high uric acid levels. Uric acid was found to be strongly associated with both coronary heart disease and stroke in a community-based study [4].

The sample size of the study was not enough to get certain results to reveal a relationship between RD and stroke, but considering the results of our study and current evidence in the literature, we suggest that patients with gout should be monitored closely for the risk of stroke and the clinician should be aware of higher risk of stroke in these patients. Investigations about this issue with large population may suggest the importance of gout as a risk factor for stroke independently of hypertension.

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  2. Polachek A, Touma Z, Anderson M, Eder L (2017) Risk of Cardiovascular Morbidity in Patients With Psoriatic Arthritis: A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 69: 67-74.

  3. Wiseman SJ, Ralston SH, Wardlaw JM (2016) Cerebrovascular Disease in Rheumatic Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Stroke 47: 943-950.

  4. Bos MJ, Koudstaal PJ, Hofman A, Witteman JC, Breteler MM (2006) Uric acid is a risk factor for myocardial infarction and stroke: the Rotterdam study. Stroke 37: 1503-1507.

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